Demonstration Garden

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Consider Edible Perennials

In our search for ways to make life easier, gardeners should consider planting edibles that return year after year. Most of the edibles we choose to grow are annuals. They are planted in the late spring, grow and produce for us through fall, and then their life cycle ends. Edible perennials and shrubs are plants that endure year after year - some have woody stems that remain through the winter, others die back and are renewed in spring by the warmth and the rain.

Examples of edible perennials and shrubs are: Rhubarb, Asparagus, Artichokes, all of the berries (Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, etc.) and most of the herbs we use to spice up our foods. There's nothing like a fresh picked tomato from the vine outside your door, but planting a blueberry or rhubarb provides years of service, adds interest to any garden bed, and only needs to be planted once.

Here are a few of the perennial edibles we are offering you:
Asparagus 'Purple Passion' and 'Jersey'
Thornless Raspberry, Thornless Boysenberry, Marionberry
5 varieties of Blueberries
Herbs including: Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, and Chives, just to name a few.

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